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Benin remains a reference for democracy in Africa-Ambassador Omar Arouna

Benin remains a reference for democracy in Africa-Ambassador Omar Arouna

By Ajong Mbapndah L In the wake of the recent celebration of the 55th independence anniversary of Benin on August 1st, Ambassador Omar Arouna says there is every reason to be optimistic about the future of the West African nation. Using American parlance, Ambassador Arouna describes the state of the Republic of Benin as it stands now to be very good. Benin remains a reference for democracy when it comes to Africa Ambassador Arouna said. Since 1990, … Read entire article »


Latest News September 5, 2015

news From All Africa Africa: In Israel, Refugees Welcome Gains Small Foothold [IRIN] Jerusalem -The Facebook request was simple: “Man needs a home.” The actual demand was perhaps less so. Late in August, Israeli activists began asking fellow citizens to take strangers – asylum seekers or refugees just freed from detention – into their homes. Morocco: Morocco Votes [Al Jazeera] Inside Story is in the Moroccan capital Rabat, where voters have cast their votes in the first regional and local elections to take place since King Mohammed VI conceded powers and changed the constitution following 2011 protests. Sierra Leone: Village Quarantined After Ebola Death [Deutsche Welle] A village of almost 1,000 people in Sierra Leone has been placed under quarantine following … Read entire article »

Will the new deal end conflict in S Sudan?

By Mehari Taddele Maru Despite the delay and substantive reservations, South Sudan President Salva Kiir has become the last but most vital signatory to the peace proposal tabled by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Plus, consisting of regional and international actors. It should be recalled that other recognised parties to the mediation have signed the deal before the deadline set in August 2015. Despite resistance and enormous challenges that the agreement may be exposed to during the implementation stage, the conclusion of a deal itself is a significant step towards the achievement of peace in South Sudan. And although the warring parties showed a lack of will during the talks, the peace deal is the best offer … Read entire article »

Morocco votes

By Al Jazeera Inside Story is in the Moroccan capital Rabat, where voters have cast their votes in the first regional and local elections to take place since King Mohammed VI conceded powers and changed the constitution following 2011 protests. The Islamic-leaning Justice and Development Party won an historic victory in the elections that followed those protests. And this vote is seen as a test of their time in office. But it will also usher in a new er of decentralisation in Morocco, giving more powers to the country’s 12 regions, each with its own governing council. Morocco is sometimes described as an exception in a region wracked by violence, instability and uncertainty. But has the country managed to … Read entire article »

Nigeria’s president honours promise to declare assets

By Al Jazeera Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari owns five homes, two mud huts and has $150,000 in his bank account, the presidency said, as the head of state and his deputy honoured a promise to declare their assets to demonstrate transparency. Garba Shehu, Buhari’s spokesman, said on Thursday that documents submitted by the president to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) showed that Buhari owned shares in Berger Paints, Union Bank and Skye Bank. The papers also revealed that Buhari also has an orchard, a ranch and farmland on which he keeps 270 head of cattle, 25 sheep, five horses and various birds, Reuters news agency reported. “The documents submitted to the CCB … show that prior to … Read entire article »

Africa Japan Business and Investment Forum Concludes in Addis Ababa

Delegates at the Africa Japan Business Investment Forum LONDON,4th September,2015-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Over 450 participants convened in Addis Ababa earlier this week for the Africa Japan Business and Investment Forum ( The Forum, hosted for the first time on African soil, was co- organised by leading pan African magazine, African Business and Nikkei Business, Japan’s leading business and finance media group. The Nikkei Business Group recently purchased the Financial Times. The three-day event featured a number of high level speakers including the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, former President Chissano of Mozambique and a number of dignitaries from Japan. Throughout the Forum, the message was clear: Africa is open for business and willing to engage with … Read entire article »

Le Forum de l’investissement commercial Afrique-Japon s’achève à Addis Abeba

Les participants au Forum de l investissement commercial Afrique-Japon LONDRES, 1er septembre 2015-/African Media Agency (AMA)/-Plus de 450 participants se sont réunis à Addis-Abeba cette semaine à l’occasion du Forum de l investissement commercial Afrique-Japon (Africa Japan Business and Investment Forum, Le Forum, qui se déroulait pour la première fois sur le sol africain, était co-organisé par African Business, un magazine panafricain de premier plan, et Nikkei Business, le plus grand groupe médiatique financier et d’affaires du Japon. Nikkei Business a récemment fait l’acquisition du Financial Times. L’événement de trois jours a vu se succéder de nombreux intervenants de haut niveau, y compris le Premier ministre éthiopien, Hailemariam Desalegn, l’ancien président du Mozambique M. Chissano et … Read entire article »

Latest News September 4, 2015

news From All Africa Kenya: Teachers Commission Strikes Back With Pay Cut [Nation] Teachers on strike will not be paid for the days they have not worked, the Teachers Service Commission has said. Kenya: Charity Ngilu Out to Block Trial, Court Told [Nation] Suspended Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu has been accused of attempting to block her prosecution over the Sh8 billion Karen land deal. Kenya: Treatment of Cancer Shouldn't Be So Casual [Nation] A few months ago, the country was thrown into a crisis due to the collapse of cancer treatment machines at the Kenyatta National Hospital. Kenya: Ruto's ICC Case Rocks Ruling Coalition [Nation] Sixteen TNA MPs on Thursday sought to mend fences with their URP colleagues in the Jubilee Coalition … Read entire article »

DRC’s ‘Terminator’ tells ICC he protected civilians

By Al Jazeera A rebel leader known as “The Terminator” has told judges trying him at the International Criminal Court in The Hague that he was a professional soldier who never attacked civilians and tried to restore peace during a brutal conflict in eastern Congo. Speaking on Thursday during the second day of his trial on 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Bosco Ntaganda said, “I have never attacked civilians”. He added during a nine-minute speech to the court, “I have always protected them”. “I have been described as The Terminator, as an infamous killer, but that is not me,” Ntaganda said. His comments were a stark contrast to how prosecutors portray Ntaganda … Read entire article »

UN launches new round of Libya peace talks

By Al Jazeera The UN says a new round of talks aimed at ending more than a year of violence and political chaos in Libya has opened in Geneva. Bernardino Leon, the UN special representative for Libya, was mediating the latest round of talks that opened in the Swiss city on Thursday. The UN has been brokering talks aimed at establishing a unified government, and the September 3-4 talks are the latest round in long-running peace negotiations. “The Libyan political dialogue round commenced at the United Nations Office at Geneva,” the UN said in a statement on Thursday. “All parties invited to the meetings have confirmed their attendance.” It said Leon “is holding a number of meetings with the parties … Read entire article »